Before The Globe Stops Spinning

For now, Seattle has two newspapers – the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post Intelligencer.  They’re both middling at best, but at least the Seattle PI has a great spinning globe atop it’s office building.  It’s been around since 1948 and even moved with the PI to their current location 23 years ago.

Seattle PI globe lit by neon at night

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As far as I’m concerned, the globe is the best thing about the paper.  I’ve always loved driving by and watching “It’s In The PI ***” as it rotates past.  Unfortunately, rumors are that the PI will stop publishing soon.  The exact date is unknown (as they’d rather not have the staff pick up and leave with a few issues left to print) but all the final pictures have been taken, so I went down to Myrtle Edwards Park last night (the only spot where you can get a good shot of the globe without access to a high-rise) to take some pictures before the globe stops spinning.

Seattle PI globe spinning at night

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I don’t know what will happen to this Seattle landmark.  The last time it was turned off for an extended amount of time (in the 50’s to save energy), it almost shook itself to pieces when they tried to start it back up.  Whatever happens to the paper, I hope the globe lives on.  It’s been a piece of Seattle far longer than I have and it would be a shame to see it go.


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